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In this brilliant collection of "long short stories, " the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Sophie's Choice returns to the coastal Virginia setting of his ...
In this brilliant collection of "long short stories, " the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Sophie's Choice returns to the coastal Virginia setting of his first novels. Through the eyes of a man recollecting three episodes from his youth, William Styron explores with new eloquence death, loss, war, and racism.
Posted January 15, 2004
I wrote my Master's thesis on William Styron, but it was a few years before I embarked on that scholarly journey that I discovered quickly how extraordinary and poetic a writer William Styron can be. This novella, a collection of three stories that deftly and near-horrifyingly touch on that central concern of Southern American literature - what is the human condition? - is short, and maddeningly precise: there are grand and terrifying ideas Styron approaches through memorable characters such as Shadrach, the 100-year-old former slave who walks hundreds of miles back to the plantation of his enslavement to die, and while Styron's language dips, dives, and skates with exquisite word choice, his sentences are sometimes so meticulous and short that you'd wish there were a more broad way to describe these ideas but frustratingly know he couldn't possibly do so. Styron has been absent from American letters for over a decade, promising another but as yet unreleased/unfinished novel, and while that continues as a disappointment, 'A Tidewater Morning' is a blessed trinity that serves as the gentlest, most perfect denouement.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 23, 2008
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